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1:15 PM ET, June 30, 2008

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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
‘Unprecedented Pent-Up Demand’ For Apple iPhone 3G, RBC Says  —  More good news for Apple (AAPL) ahead of the 3G iPhone launch, scheduled for next Friday, July 11.  Consumers have “unprecedented” demand for Apple's phone, according to new data from RBC's Technology Adoption Panel.
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Jan Libbenga / The Register:   iPhone will ship in green packaging
RealNetworks.com:
RHAPSODY LAUNCHES “MUSIC WITHOUT LIMITS” INITIATIVE ACROSS WEB, SOCIAL NETWORKS AND MOBILE  —  New Rhapsody MP3 Store Opens Virtual Doors with 100,000 Album Giveaway  —  Rhapsody to Power Full-Song Playback and MP3 Sales for iLike, MTV Networks' Music Group Sites and Yahoo!
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Donald Bell / CNET News.com:
Rhapsody's new MP3 store offers full song previews
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AOL's Platform A: We'll pay Bebo, Facebook developers top pennies  —  AOL's Platform A said Monday that it will offer Bebo and Facebook application developers “a guaranteed CPM” for U.S. traffic and says the ad rate is one of the highest in the industry.  —  However, there are a few caveats …
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Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
AOL's Platform-A to Offer Guaranteed CPM to Facebook, Bebo Developers
Discussion: Webware.com
Associated Press:
Microsoft to stop selling Windows XP on Monday  —  REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft Corp. is scheduled to stop selling its Windows XP operating system to retailers and major computer makers Monday, despite protests from a slice of PC users who don't want to be forced into using XP's successor, Vista.
Discussion: Valleywag, Startup Meme and TechCrunch
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Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
PS3 firmware update ratchets up competition with Xbox 360  —  Now you can collect trophies and compare your accomplishments against your friends  —  Bit by bit, the PlayStation 3 is catching up to the Xbox 360, its biggest rival.  —  The Xbox 360, with its one year head start …
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Sony to bring the social to PlayStation 3 with firmware 2.40
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Marc Andreessen Joins Facebook's Board Of Directors  —  Marc Andreessen, founder of Netscape, Opsware and Ning and the former CTO of AOL, is adding a new notch in his belt: he has joined the board of directors of Facebook, two sources close to the company confirmed to us …
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek to launch new Eee PCs with bigger keyboards  —  Asustek Computer is planning to launch new Eee PC models, the 904 and 905, which have an 8.9-inch panel but use a similar chassis and keyboard as the company's 10.2-inch models, according to sources at channel vendors.
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Lenovo announces its first desktop, IdeaCentre K210  —  Today marks a new day for Lenovo with the announcement of its first desktop, the IdeaCentre K210.  For all intents and purposes, it's just a desktop but it pulls a couple things from the laptop line that are unique and cool, like Veriface facial recognition technology.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
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Business Wire:
Lenovo Enters Global Consumer Desktop Market With “IdeaCentre” Brand
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Engadget
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Google and Creator of ‘Family Guy’ Strike a Deal  —  LOS ANGELES — Google is experimenting with a new method of distributing original material on the Web, and some Hollywood film financiers are betting millions that the company will succeed.  —  In September, Seth MacFarlane, creator of …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Smartphone battle royale: The land grab is good for buyers  —  Research in Motion misses its first quarter earnings target and cuts its outlook slightly.  Palm has a hit with the Centro, but continues to disappoint.  And Sony Ericsson sees a rough second quarter on “moderating demand of mid …
Charles Arthur / Guardian Unlimited:
No, Mr Kelly, I'm afraid the internet is not as clever as a single (human) brain  —  Kevin Kelly, one of the people behind Wired magazine, has come up with a stonking idea to follow up from Chris Anderson's (to be honest rather wonky) suggestion that “science is dead because search engines can do it for us” last week.
Hilary Goldstein / IGN:
Rock Band 2: The Opening Act  —  We blow the lid off one of the biggest sequels of 2008.  —  Rock Band is ready for a comeback tour.  Today, Harmonix announced Rock Band 2 is set to ship for Xbox 360 this September and PS3 later in the year.  However, the official announcement of Rock Band 2 …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Online Encyclopedia Gets New Push From Discovery  —  On the Internet, there's an answer to every question — even “how are marshmallows made?” and “how do toilets work?”  The Web site HowStuffWorks wants to remind television viewers and Web visitors that it knows how.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Tech Giants Join Together To Head Off Patent Suits  —  Several tech-industry heavyweights are banding together to defend themselves against patent-infringement lawsuits.  Their plan: to buy up key intellectual property before it falls into the hands of parties that could use it against them, say people familiar with the matter.
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
EA star leaves to start iPhone games company, Ngmoco
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On the Web, If You're Not Growing, You're Dying
Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
Microsoft seeks next big idea in Cambridge
Discussion: Xconomy
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld / Between the Lines:
The Steve Jobs Premium
Discussion: Digital Daily
Holly Jackson / CNET News.com:
Get a ticket, get a free gadget
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Roy Mark / eWeek:
Google Maps Deal With Tele Atlas
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Copyright Office discovers web forms, online submissions
Discussion: TeleRead
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Social Software: Here Come The CMS Vendors
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
First Dash Express Update Issued, Available via WiFi
Jason Hiner / Between the Lines:
Open source router from Netgear offers custom apps and firmware
Reuters:
Laptops banned in Bhutan assembly over gaming fears
Discussion: CrunchGear
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Free search engine optimization tips for beginners
Discussion: Search Engine Land